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Samantha Punch
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Member Since
Sept. 17, 2015
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Bridge Player
about me

Professor of Sociology at the University of Stirling, UK. Working to establish the 'Sociology of Bridge' as a new academic field and leading the Keep Bridge Alive campaign. Currently undertaking several bridge research projects, such as an exploration of partnership interactions and team dynamics including gendered inequalities; and a survey on the social benefits of playing bridge.

I play bridge for Scotland - in the women's team since 2008 (semi-finalist World Bridge Games 2016; 6 UK Lady Milne wins; qualifying for Venice Cup 2019) and in the open Camrose team (2013, 2016-18).   Twitter: @soc_of_bridge

United Kingdom

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Bridge Accomplishments
Winning Transnational Commonwealth Teams in Glasgow 2014; 6 wins UK Lady Milne Home Internationals; Semi-finalist World Bridge Games 2016 in Wroclaw, qualifying for Venice Cup 2019.
Regular Bridge Partners
Paula Leslie, Stephen Peterkin, Tim Rees
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Famous People Who Love Card Games
Victoria Coren Mitchell (host of BBC2’s Only Connect) attended the BAMSA Pro-Am event this February and said: “I’ve been playing bridge since I was a small child – sporadically, enthusiastically and badly. Having said that, I never shout at my partner, which I believe all the experts will tell ...
Famous People Who Love Card Games
And in the UK - Claudia Winkleman (TV presenter), Radiohead, Alex James (bassist in Blur) and James Mates (newsreader)
Northern Lights Bridge Iceland - Swiss Teams
I agree - perfect birthday bridge in Iceland :) well, fun at least... maybe not so perfect
What makes bridge brilliant
I've also tried sending the video link to some UK bridge playing celebs to ask if they might tweet it - James Mates (the UK newsreader who features in it @jamesmatesitv) has obliged and he has had 33 retweets so far. I've pinned a link to the video on ...
What makes bridge brilliant
We were hoping the video might be shared alongside info about online lessons or online resources to learning bridge. However, we're not really sure the best way to reach new audiences or potential new players - any ideas?
BAMSA research participants wanted
I should add that we are also interested in capturing changes over time from early social distancing to peak lockdown through to post-lockdown. So if you don’t fancy committing to a weekly diary, you might like to consider sending a diary account at different points in time in relation ...
BAMSA research participants wanted
Just to let you know that we have just set up a new BAMSA email, so diary entries can be submitted to: Miriam and I are the only two who can access that email. Very much looking forward to reading your accounts. Thanks.
Gratis Book Again
And huge thanks to Mats for encouraging small donations to Keep Bridge Alive (now renamed Bridge: A Mindsport for All - BAMSA). Many thanks to all of you who have donated so far at:
Structure and organisation of clubs
And now it's several years down the line, any sense of whether it was the right move?
Structure and organisation of clubs
can you explain what the change was in 2010, why it was introduced and why it led to 300 fewer clubs?

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